Are things getting stale with your AR-15? We all know that variety is the key to stimulation, so what can you do to spice things up?
Explore a new shooting niche with this sturdy cartridge.
Why should you choose the 300 BLK for your AR-15?
- Lower powder charge saves barrel life
- Appropriate for many state hunting regulations
- Ideal for using with a suppressor
- Subsonic without a suppressor
As you can see, it’s a specialty cartridge that shines at short-range shots or in a suppressed AR-15.
A Quick Guide to Distance: How Far Will Your Bullet Go?
For an AR-15 chambered in 300 BLK keep these rough measurements in mind:
- Long Range: 300 yards and above
- Medium Range: 150 – 300 yards
- Close Range: Up to 150 yards
Although it’s not the most powerful cartridge, it still remains the most quiet and effective at close range. Then again, who says it’s not capable of going farther? Our favorite thing about this cartridge is how versatile it can be.
So what about you?
Are you ready to step up to longer distances or just improve your short shot? A scope will be beneficial for both.
What Magnification Do You Need?
Although it’s growing in popularity, working with this cartidge can mean a slight learning curve. That’s where a 300 blackout scope comes in to save the day!
However, there isn’t one scope to fit every person. Your typical trip in the field will determine what kind of scope you need.
- Long Range (300 yards and above)
At this range, you likely won’t be taking down much game due to the modest penetration of this caliber. However, you can still show off at the range and leave your crew speechless. If this sounds like you, you’ll want at least 9x magnification or higher.
- Medium Range (150 – 300 yards)
- At this range, the coyotes and foxes will be wishing they’d found other property to trespass. If you want to clear your land of varmints, you’ll use about 5 – 9x magnifications.
- Close Range (Up to 150 yards)
- Here, you can definitely hunt small game or hit a bullseye dead-on. Since this is the range where this caliber naturally excels, using 1 – 4x magnifications gives you a huge boost.
Let’s see what kind of scopes give you an advantage over the competition!
The 4 Best Scopes for 300 Blackout
If you want the best 300 Blackout scope, it’s already right here waiting for you.
- Trijicon TA02-C-100432 ACOG 4x32mm
- UTG 3-12×44 30mm Compact Scope
- Vortex Optics Strike Eagle Second Focal Plane Riflescopes
- Primary Arms 1-6x24mm SFP Gen III Illuminated Riflescope
Want to find out more? Just read below to see why these are our top picks!
Finding Your Next Scope
Which one of these will raise the bar on your next outing?
1. Trijicon TA02-C-100432 ACOG 4x32mm
Folks with a 300 Blackout-chambered rifle might want to check out this compact and tactical scope from Trijicon. The TA02 ACOG is a fixed magnification scope rather than a variable magnification model, meaning it is set at a single zoom setting. In this case, it’s 4x with a 32 mm objective lens.
But this is great if you want a tactical optic suitable for hitting relatively close to midrange targets or for combining with red dot or other sights on the same platform. The optic is fully night-vision compatible as well, cementing this is a great tactical choice for serious 300 Blackout enthusiasts.
We also like that this comes with lens caps by default. You’ll be able to protect your lenses, which are already multicoated, from further wear and tear or debris scratching thanks to its inclusion.
The big selling factor with this optic is the illuminated reticle. It’s a BDC or bullet drop compensating variety, meaning it features additional hashmarks on the bottom vertex to help you hit more distant shots. It’s a great choice for those who like to push out the effective range of their 300 Blackout rifles.
The reticle itself is fully illuminated, featuring an array of brightness settings that you can switch between using a control on the side of the optic. The illuminated reticle runs on a basic battery that should last for several thousand hours before needing to be replaced.
The Bottom Line
All in all, the TA02 ACOG is a great secondary optic if you already have a closer range scope for your 300 Blackout. Consider pairing it with another optic to cover all of your major ranges or use it as a primary tactical scope for engagements out to about 200 yards or so.
2. UTG 3-12X44 30mm Compact Scope
UTG has a fantastic catch for anyone who never knows what to expect in the field. If you need short range one minute and quickly scale up to long range, you can do that ¼ MOA at a time.
No matter how far you’re aiming, you’ll never have to worry about parallax. From 10 yards to infinity, your crosshairs will always hold steady. However, using the side wheel adjustable turret (SWAT) that accomplishes this is a small inconvenience since it’s a little tight.
Otherwise, the only other complaint is the hefty 2 pounds this scope adds to your rifle. Some prefer it, others don’t, but either way it takes some practice to adjust.
Now that we have the bad news out of the way, let’s talk about the highlights!
Zero locking turrets save you time and frustration in the field. That means once you zero in, you’re set. Simply zero in and lock it, then on your next shot all it takes is a tap and you’re back in action!
Believe it or not, the target turrets aren’t the only feature that locks and resets in a flash.
Illumination Enhancing (IE) Reticle
Although IE reticles aren’t for everyone, they’re often the light of many rifle owners’ eyes – literally.
Even better? With this scope, you get 36 different color options to complement the high-quality emerald lens. Switch through them effortlessly with the tap of a button. Then when you find one you like, lock it in and snap back to it in an instant!
The IE feature does make this scope slightly heavier, but it’s well worth the “enlightening” experience!
The Bottom Line
If you want big benefits from a small package, look to UTG. Even though it’s under a foot long, this scope lets you cover a broad distance in any light setting. Best of all, it doesn’t waste any time since its best features lock and reset in a snap. Will it be your rifle’s next companion?
If you want to shoot during the night, you can check our night vision scope guide.
3. Vortex Optics Strike Eagle Second Focal Plane Riflescopes
Vortex Optics, one of the best scope manufacturers in the industry, also has a great choice for 300 Blackout users. The Strike Eagle is a second focal plane scope that can magnify between 1-6x and that features a 24 mm objective lens. Therefore, it’s a great choice for both close and mid-range engagements, and its small size allows you to combine it with other optics depending on the design of your rifle and rails.
Regardless, this scope features an updated magnification ring that includes a throw lever for fast and easy adjustments between the different magnification settings. It also comes with a fast focus dial on the eyepiece, plus anti-reflective coatings on all glass surfaces to minimize the likelihood of the sun glaring in your eye right before a shot.
The scope overall is quite durable as well. It is O-ring sealed and nitrogen purged to ensure water and fogproof performance under any circumstances. It’s made primarily of aircraft-grade aluminum, which means it only weighs about 18 ounces despite being extremely recoil resistant.
Illuminated BDC Reticle
Of special note is the illuminated BDC or bullet drop compensating reticle. This reticle is perfect when trying to hit shots at 6x magnification or otherwise having to estimate your round’s drop over a significant distance.
The reticle is illuminated to boost your accuracy even in bright daylight conditions. Fortunately, you can change the intensity of this brightness setting by using a special dial opposite the elevation dial on the scope’s body.
The included windage dial also allows you to compensate for this factor when needed.
The Bottom Line
In the end, the Strike Eagle is an affordable and super functional scope that’s perfect for both close and mid-range engagements. The illuminated reticle adds additional value and the optic’s overall ease-of-use will surely make it a favorite for many 300 Blackout owners in the future. Would also be a nice M4 optic.
4. Primary Arms 1-6x24mm SFP Gen III Illuminated Riflescope
Primary Arms offers a scope similar to the above Vortex Optics model, ranging in magnification factors from 1-6x and featuring a 24 mm objective lens. It also has a second focal plane reticle, so it won’t change sizes as you swap between magnification settings.
But it has other features that might make it worth your while, such as a fast focus eyepiece that can help you scope in to your target and track a fast-moving varmint or another critter quickly. It’s a great hunting eyepiece, to be certain.
But it’s also a great general-use or target shooting scope thanks to its capped and finger adjustable windage and elevation turrets. The turrets are relatively low-profile so you don’t accidentally bump them with your fingers when moving your position or making other adjustments.
The scope, like many other top models on the market, is made primarily of 6063 aircraft-grade aluminum and is designed for waterproof and fogproof functionality. Therefore, it’s a good tactical or hunting scope depending on your needs.
Red Partially Illuminated Reticle
This scope’s optic is also illuminated, though it is red by default. The illuminated optic includes bullet drop compensation hashmarks, as well as additional holdover points for wind compensation and moving target leading. It even includes special holdover points for range estimation. It’s a true marksman’s reticle through and through.
You can adjust the illumination settings using a side-mounted control. To round out the scope’s value, it comes with a pair of flip-open lens caps for both ends, allowing you to protect the already high-quality glass from regular degradation due to dirt or too much light exposure.
The Bottom Line
Primary Arms’ SFP Gen II Riflescope is a great choice if you want something reasonably affordable and certain to last for at least a couple of years of regular use. It may also be a better choice than other options if you enjoy highly detailed and holdover-point-rich reticles that can provide a ton of information to help you hit more distant shots.
Your next best 300 Blackout scope is just one click away and ready for action. Are you?
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is the .300 Blackout Caliber?
The.300 AAC Blackout cartridge (also known as the.300 BLK or 7.62×35) was designed for US military special operations. Top military leaders desired a.30-caliber cartridge capable of ballistic performance similar to the Russian 7.62x39mm round, which had better performance than the 5.56 NATO round (think Soviet SKS and AK-47). They also desired a subsonic, muted performance from their new cartridge. It also had to be compatible with existing M4 magazines without sacrificing ammo capacity, as if that wasn’t difficult enough.
How Far Will The .300 Blackout Shoot Accurately?
From a 16 in (410 mm) barrel, a 125 gr (8.1 g) .300 Blackout round has a lower velocity and similar bullet drop and drift at shorter distances. However, it has the same amount of energy at 700 meters that the M855 has at 500 meters. In terms of hit probability, the Blackout has an effective range of 460 meters.
What Is The .300 Blackout Good For?
The .300 BLK is an intermediate-class caliber ideal for target shooting, hunting, home defense, and plinking.
What Size Barrel Is Best for the .300 Blackout?
A 9″ barrel is the optimal barrel length for .300 Blackout. This size barrel will guarantee that your .300 Blackout cartridges burn up all of their powder, ensuring optimal velocity with the shortest barrel length possible.
Is The .300 Blackout Good For Deer Hunting?
The .300 Blackout can be a terrific deer hunting caliber, and it can also work on feral hogs too. This weapon was developed in the early 2010s for military applications so you know it’ll get the job done. However, for hunting deer past 100 yards, the lighter, flatter shooting projectile might be a better option.
What Grain Bullet Should I Use With A .300 Blackout?
Generally, the . 300 Blackout is loaded with 110- to 125-grain bullets for hunting. Velocities range from 2,200 to 2,350 fps, combined with the bullet weight and expansion characteristics delivering a very effective performance on game up to and including mule deer.
Where Did .300 Blackout Come From?
The .300 Blackout was designed for military use and is nearly identical in ballistics as 7.62×39 or.300 Whisper. However, it has seen a lot of use in civilian shooting.
Advanced Armament Corporation collaborated with Remington Defense on this project. SAAMI (the trade association that standardizes cartridge design) designated 300 AAC Blackout as 300 BLK.
The design aims were straightforward: a.30-caliber cartridge that could be fired with regular M4 bolts and magazines while preserving magazine capacity. It’s capable of firing both supersonic and subsonic ammo, and it’s designed to work with a suppressor.
Basically, it was a cartridge that was quiet, lethal, and cutting-edge.
The Dutch Maritime Special Operations Force adopted 300 BLK in 2015. The Dutch were the first military to publicly employ 300 BLK, using integrally suppressed SIG MCX carbines.
From hunting to home defense, this thick cousin of 5.56 has a lot of applications and so much value. Because of military adoption and widespread civilian use, it’s very easy to find in stores and will be easy to find for a long, long time to come.
Mike Fellon was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He inherited his hunting passions after his father John – he was fascinated by his stories, hearing how much attention, focus, dedication and patience he invested in shooting every animal. When he was old enough, his father first allowed him to shoot some cans and bottles with his shotgun, and then took him hunting – it was love at first sight. Mike has never stopped pursuing his hobby ever since.